Helicopter crew stops fleeing Milford man

May 16, 2017

A Milford man faces traffic charges after he was pursued first by Milton police and then by a state police helicopter.

According to Delaware State Police, Steven D. Martin, 31, was driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Route 404, approaching Coverdale Road and was fleeing from Milton police about 4 p.m., May 15. Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Martin was passing vehicles on the right shoulder when he ran off the south side of Route 404 and into a ditch.

The car flipped several times before striking a tree and coming to a stop, Fournier said. The driver, who was the only person in the car, got out and fled southbound on foot.

Trooper 2, a state police helicopter, was called to the area by Milton police, who had discontinued their pursuit a few minutes earlier. The helicopter crew located Martin running through an open field and lowered the aircraft into position to block his escape. The trooper medic quickly got out of the helicopter and placed Martin on the ground, and a two-person crew handcuffed him and took him into custody, Fournier said.

Milton Police Department Chief Robert Longo said Martin faces 27 charges from Milton, Ellendale and state police, including recklessly endangering police officers, reckless and aggressive driving, speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia, disregarding a police officer’s signal, failing to have insurance identification and other traffic-related offenses. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and sent to Sussex Correctional Institution on $4,000 cash bail related to charges from Milton police and $3,200 secured bond for all other charges.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated.